Kenny Britt has no plans to debate the specifics of the lockout. Likewise, he does not intend to dispute the facts.
The Tennessee Titans wide receiver freely admits to mistakes but also ensures he has learned from them. That, he says, is exactly what he will say to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday when the two meet.
“I plan on being real … coming in and keeping my chin high,” Britt said Monday. “I was brought up to be a man of his word and a man who takes up for his actions. That’s how my father raised me up and that’s how I’ll go in there [Tuesday].”
Britt was arrested twice in New Jersey and once in Tennessee during the offseason, which under normal circumstances would subject him to a potential suspension.
The first time he was charged with one felony and two misdemeanors but ultimately pleaded guilty to reckless driving and was fined $478. A day after that plea, he was charged with two counts of resisting arrest.
He also later turned himself in to local law enforcement in June in relation to a pair of outstanding warrants issued by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Court dates are pending in September on the final two issues.
“It’s a situation where there are a lot of players that have had some issues come up during the offseason are going to have to meet with the commissioner at some point and this is his turn,” coach Mike Munchak said. “…I think it’s just something where he wants to get to know him. They have never met and they don’t know each other. I think it’s kind of like I did when he came back in, I just wanted to hear what was going on and what is expected of him and that there will be consequences if things go further.”
Goodell has maintained a strict standard of player discipline in recent years.
NFL Players Association officials have contended, though, that players cannot be subject to league discipline for actions that occurred while owners had the players locked out, which was the case in each of Britt’s incidents.
“I don’t think it’s going that direction [a suspension] but we don’t know that,” Munchak said. “There is no doubt that losing a guy that has his capabilities is going to hurt any team. I don’t want to really worry about it right now.”
The last Titans player suspended under the league’s supplemental discipline policy was Pacman Jones.
“We’ll all just sit down, talk over what happened, see where out minds are at, see where I’m at and see what happens from there,” Britt said. “ I’m being hopeful and hopefully nothing will happen to me. That’s all I can keep in my mind.”
Britt said he received notification of the meeting late last week.
“We all do different things in our life,” Britt said. “We are allowed to make mistakes as human beings. If we don’t learn from then, obviously, you’re disciplined. But I’ve actually learned from it and I’m going forward and I’m just trying to do whatever I can for the team.”